TENNERTON — West Virginia Class-AAAA’s #8-ranked Buckhannon-Upshur High School girls varsity basketball team (12-3, 5-2 in Big 10 Conference play) welcomed the Bridgeport Indians to Tennerton last Tuesday, February 1 for an important game against a conference rival and possible future sectional tournament opponent. The Lady Bucs led wire-to-wire against the Indians, winning the contest by a final score of 66-37. With the win the Lady Bucs improve their mark to 13-3 on the season, including a 6-2 record against Big 10 Conference opponents. The win ensures that the Lady Bucs will host a sectional game this year, giving a big boost to their hopes of achieving their overall team goal of making it to Charleston.
The game’s opening minutes was a back-and-forth affair, with both team’s feeling each other out. The game script flipped mid-way through the game’s first quarter, with the Lady Bucs seizing control of the lead. By the end of the first period, the Lady Bucs had built up an 8-point, 17-9 cushion. The Lady Bucs came out firing in the second quarter, hitting back-to-back 3-point field goals to extend their lead to double-digits. By the end of the second quarter, the Lady Bucs recently minted member of the exclusive 1,000-point club, McDaniels had asserted herself as the best player on the court, exploding for 9 points in the period to bring her halftime point total to 15. Heading into the locker-room for halftime, the Lady Bucs had placed themselves in prime position to take home the win, holding a 16-point, 37-21 lead.
The Lady Bucs sought to put the game out of reach once and for all, putting together a huge run in the early stages of the third quarter. At the end of the third period, the Lady Bucs had effectively closed out the game, up 53-27 entering the fourth quarter. The Lady Bucs closed out the game with a solid fourth quarter to seal the dominating 66-37 win.
B-UHS girls varsity head coach Rob Kittle was pleased with his team’s overall performance at home against the Indians, stating, “I thought that we played one of our best games of the season on both sides of the ball. The girls really played great man-to-man defense, challenging most of their shots. Offensively, we did a great job of being selfless and sharing the ball. I am very happy to get a sectional win and with our overall execution against Bridgeport.”
As a team the Lady Bucs combined to hit 27 total shots, including 6 3-point field goals on 11 attempts, nearly shooting 50% from the field, 55% from beyond the arc and 54% from the charity stripe in the win over Bridgeport. Two Lady Bucs scored in double-digits against Bridgeport, with senior guard Shelby McDaniels leading the way for the Lady Bucs offensively with 20 points. McDaniels, is an excellent three-level shot creator and put her skills on display Tuesday night, shooting at an efficient 8-14 (57.1%) clip from the field to go along with 2-4 (50%) shooting from the free throw line. McDaniels also chipped in 7 rebounds, 7 assists and a pair of steals to round out a solid all-around stat line against the Indians. McDaniels was complemented perfectly by standout freshman wing Alyssa Abel, who ended the game with 13 total points, coming on 5 made 2-point field goals and 3-5 (60%) from the free throw line. Abel also pulled down a pair of rebounds and dished out an assist in another strong outing for the young forward.
Three other Lady Bucs nearly managed to reach double-digit scoring numbers against Bridgeport, with junior forward Kendall Currence narrowly missed out on a double-doble, recording 9 points and 11 rebounds, sophomore Gabby Parke recording 9 points and sophomore guard Kenna Maxwell posting 8 points. Currence, was a force inside, blocking 3 shots and altering many more. Maxwell hit 2 2-point field goals, a single 3-point field goal and split her lone trip to the line to post a 1-2 (50%) mark from the free throw line, to go along with 3 rebounds, an assist and a team-high 4 steals to round out the young guard’s stat line Tuesday night, while Parke hit 3 2-point field goals to go along a single 3-point field goal, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, a steal and a block.
Senior guard Olivia Ellis was effective on offensive, shooting a perfect 2-2 from the field hitting both a 2-point and 3-point field goal to finish the game with 5 points. Sophomore Kyndal Davis finished the game with 2 points, hitting a 2-point field goal in the game’s opening quarter to round out the list of scorers for the Lady Bucs in the win over Bridgeport. Aside from chipping in two points, Davis also played a key role as a constant presence on the glass on both sides of the ball for the Lady Bucs against Bridgeport, pulling down 7 rebounds.